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'Mockingjay' teaser trailer reveals Natalie Dormer, Julianne Moore's characters

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Enough propaganda spots! Here’s your first real look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part I: a full minute of footage focusing on the rival leaders of Panem and the struggles of combatants on the ground. Oh, and there’s a shot of the Mockingjay herself: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).

The clip introduces Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore as leader of the outlaw District 13, President Alma Coin. It also gives a brief shot of Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer as Capitol film director Cressida. But if there’s a focus in the trailer, it’s on the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s rebel leader Plutarch Heavensbee as he tries to convince Coin of Katniss’ importance to the uprising. Check out the video below, and may the buffering be ever in your favor: READ FULL STORY

President Snow's address gets interrupted in new 'Mockingjay' teaser

Panem isn’t exactly speaking in one voice.

A couple of weeks ago, we witnessed Panem’s leader reassuring his people of the continued prosperity and stability of their nation. But in his new address this week, Snow’s message is hijacked by a by a dissenting speaker.

Halfway through, the screen flickers, we shift away from the all-white Capitol environs (now with Peeta and Johanna flanking President Snow’s throne) and we get an urgent message from Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) who’s coming in from the mysterious District 13: “The Mockingjay lives.”

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President Snow addresses Panem in 'Mockingjay' teaser -- with a surprise guest

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“Since the dark days, our great nation has known only peace. Ours is an elegant system, conceived to nourish and protect,” Panem’s benevolent leader says smoothly as words like “unity” and “prosperity” appear on an all-white background. “Your districts are the body. The capital is the beating heart. Your hard work feeds us, and in return, we feed and protect you.”

Then the president’s latest propaganda video takes a turn. “But if you resist the system, you starve yourself,” Snow says, his tone a touch more sinister. “If you fight against it, it is you who will bleed.” Slowly, the camera pulls back to reveal that Snow’s not alone. He’s perched on a gleaming white throne—next to none other than kidnapped Hunger Games victor Peeta Mellark, stoically gazing off into the distance.

Shiver. The first official teaser for this fall’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 skillfully captures the mood of Suzanne Collins’s final Hunger Games book (which is bleaker, darker, and more Capitol-focused) despite containing zero footage from the upcoming movie. The wait for the new film may stretch on for months—but who can really complain, if Lionsgate uses that time to keep releasing ace promotional material like this teaser and yesterday’s stylish, district-focused posters? (Click below to see all seven.)

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'Mockingjay Part 1': First look at Julianne Moore as President Coin -- VIDEO

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Today Lionsgate unveiled the first images of Julianne Moore as District 13’s President Coin for the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. For fans of the series, she looks just as you’d want her to as president of the resistance: severe gray-streaked hair, a solemn expression, yet eyes that reveal a well of emotions and experiences.

She is a character that is being largely invented by the filmmakers. Coin is a key figure in Mockingjay, but one that is predominantly seen through the distrustful eyes of protagonist Katniss Everdeen. Moore talks about the evolution of her character in a video that appears with the first images.

Moore and director Francis Lawrence spent a lot of time discussing who this woman is and what kind of leader she has become. In particular, Moore references a scene in the story when District 13 is bombed by the Capitol and Coin declines to retaliate. READ FULL STORY

'Divergent' worked. Now what?

All hail Divergent! A collective sigh of relief emanated from the halls of Hollywood this past weekend when the latest attempt to score with young female moviegoers worked with the successful $55 million debut of the post-apocalyptic film Divergent. And it’s not just the studio executives at Summit Entertainment who are breathing a sigh of relief as they ready the next two movies in the trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s young adult novels. The exhale also comes from those in Hollywood who had been working on a host of teen-centric adaptations last year amid the troubling trend that saw any project not called The Hunger Games flop, including Beautiful Creatures, The Mortal Instruments, and Stephenie Meyer’s The Host. READ FULL STORY

'Divergent': Did it get trashed for coming after 'The Hunger Games'?

Divergent, whatever you think of it as a movie (I found it to be your basic, agreeably rousing sensitive-teen-in-Amish-linen-finds-her-inner-tattooed-jock-to-fight-the-power formula dystopian thriller), is, like the young-adult novel it’s based on, a piece of pulp mythology that obviously borrows a lot from The Hunger Games. The heroine who hails from a downtrodden district or, in this case, a faction (Abnegnation) that prizes self-sacrifice; the fascist schemers up top; the whole gym-class-on-steroids feeling of a seemingly normal girl who rises to a series of death-defying physical challenges; and, of course, the sense that the heroine can accomplish all this because, while ordinary on the surface, she’s really different, she’s special, she’s a rebel, she’s divergent in her innate superiority. (Why do I feel as if Leni Riefenstahl would have loved these movies?) READ FULL STORY

'Catching Fire' on Blu-ray: Jennifer Lawrence describes the pressure of high expectations -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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If the last two years in Hollywood have taught us anything, it’s that The Hunger Games was never the absolute sure thing that, in hindsight, it seems to be. Yes, Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of books were enormous best-sellers — but so were The Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures, and Ender’s Game. There was no guarantee that the first Hunger Games movie would dominate the box office, that passionate readers of the book would automatically accept the characters as they were depicted onscreen, and that uninitiated moviegoers wouldn’t turn up their noses at all the “Next Harry Potter” hype. The fact that all those things happened is a credit to the filmmakers, but it was hardly inevitable.

Catching Fire arrives on Blu-ray tonight at midnight, and in a special nine-part making-of documentary, the cast and crew describe the imposing challenge of bringing Katniss Everdeen and the denizens of Panem to life. “It was a scary thing that we were doing,” Jennifer Lawrence says in the doc. “It’s hard when you get great books that are so loved by people. It’s impossible not to disappoint somebody.”

Disappointed? Certainly no one at Lionsgate is. The first Hunger Games grossed $408.0 million, and Catching Fire topped that with $423.9 million. It was last year’s biggest hit in the U.S., making Lawrence the first actress to headline a year’s highest grosser since Kate Winslet and Titanic.

In the two exclusive clips below, Lawrence and company describe the pressure they felt to deliver — and the magnitude of success they never could have imagined. READ FULL STORY

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death won't derail 'The Hunger Games' sequels -- UPDATE

Fans of The Hunger Games franchise had the great pleasure of watching Philip Seymour Hoffman rip into the expanded character of Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire. In the wake of news of the actor’s  death, Lionsgate released a statement this afternoon mourning the great loss: “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send  our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”

Plutarch remains a pivotal figure in the two remaining sequels Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2. Hoffman is said to have largely wrapped on the Part 1 shoot, and had seven remaining days of filming left for Part 2. How director Frances Lawrence and team will work around his tragic absence is still unknown. But their colleague and friend’s death won’t affect the films’ scheduled release dates of Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.

UPDATE: Jennifer Lawrence, Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence, author Suzanne Collins, and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik released a joint statement following the news of Hoffman’s death. “Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1' gets fiery first poster

The third installment of the Hunger Games film franchise has an utterly unwieldy title (what hast thou wrought, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1?) — and, as of today, a cool new poster that marries the book’s memorable cover image with a healthy dose of flames. It’s also reminiscent of Catching Fire‘s first “motion poster,” as well as a similar image released way back in July 2011 to promote the first Hunger Games movie

In other words: The campaign begins as it always begins… but if Mockingjay the novel is any indication, the film’s advertisements may start treading new ground as its release date draws closer. (At the very least, Capitol Couture propaganda wouldn’t make sense for these last two movies — right?)

Check it out below — and may the odds be ever in your favor:

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Box office report: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' breaks November record with $161.1 million debut

The girl on fire is still burning bright! Lionsgate’s hotly anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trounced the competition over its first weekend at the box office, pulling in an estimated $161.1 million. That gross handily beats the $152.5 million opening of The Hunger Games, which opened in March 2012, and it stands as the best November debut of all time ahead of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which bowed with $142.9 million in 2009.

Only three films have ever opened higher than Catching Fire: The Avengers ($207.4 million), Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million). Many prognosticators (this one included) thought Catching Fire might surpass Iron Man 3‘s opening earlier this year, but the superhero sequel had the notable advantage of 3-D ticket sales, and Catching Fire fell short. Still, if estimates hold up when final grosses are released tomorrow, Catching Fire will have bested The Dark Knight Rises as the highest 2-D opener of all time. Rises pulled in $160.9 million during its opening weekend in 2012. Even without 3-D appeal, Catching Fire played very well on IMAX screens. The large-screen format accounted for $12.6 million of its domestic debut. READ FULL STORY

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